Thursday, April 21, 2005

Puff Puff Pass/Fail

Don't cheat, kids!  Take the quiz here first.

1) What actor starred in a Disney film under the alias Paul Mall?

Paul Reubens (aka Pee Wee Herman) starred in the 1986 film Flight of the Navigator under the psuedonym Paul Mall.

2) Name the television show that featured a character named Salem?

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

3) What iconic ad man did Don Johnson usurp for a 1991 film?

Don Johnson starred with Mickey Rourke as 'The Marlboro Man', with Rourke taking on the role of Harley Davidson in that film nobody ever saw.

4) What brand of cigarettes does Bruce Willis smoke in Die Hard? 

Bruce is squarely a Marlboro man in Die Hard, but picks up the villains' Gauloises 

5) What about in Pulp Fiction?

As with every Tarantino smoker, only Red Apples will do for Butch.

6) What Academy-award-winning film is set in Newport, RI?

The 1974 version of The Great Gatsby was set in Newport, and won Academy awards for Best Costume Design and Best Music.

7) Name the brand mentioned by Billy Joel in an iconic 80's song.

In 'Keeping the Faith', Joel sings about a fresh pack of Luckys. 

8) What series of code phrases does James Bond use to identify a fellow agent?

See "From Russia with Love":

James Bond: Pardon me, do you have a match?
MI6 Contact: I use a lighter.
James Bond: Better still.
MI6 Contact: Until they go wrong.
James Bond: Exactly.

9) In which film did Clint Eastwood light a match on the face of his opponent?

This took place in both Hang 'Em High and The Good, The Bad, The Ugly.

10) What is my favorite Kool and the Gang song? (Hint - it's featured in one of the films listed above.)

From Pulp Fiction:  "Tell me again about the hash bars." Background music rocks, too.

Bonus:  Kurt Vonnegut famously smoked Pall Malls his entire life, bringing us back to question number one.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Bond Girls are Easy

Okay kids, no cheating.  Make sure you check out the quiz first!

Which actor has starred in the most Bond films to date?  Robert Llewellyn portrayed 'Q' (or Major Boothroyd) in 17 Bond films, the most appearances by any actor.
Which Bond character has been played by the most actors in the franchise history: M, Ernst Stavro Blofeld or Felix Leiter?  Blofeld was portrayed by nine actors in the history of Bond films, one more than Felix Leiter.
Which of those characters was played by more than one actor in a single film?  Blofeld accomplished his feat in question two by being portrayed by two different actors in Thunderball, From Russia With Love and For Your Eyes Only.
Name two actors to play a different role in a subsequent film than in their original Bond appearance.  (Check the CDS archives for this one, kiddoes!)
Of the many makes and models of car James Bond has driven, and given his history of destroying anything he drives, which car has featured in more films than any other?  The ubiquitous Aston Martin DB5 has made more appearances than any other vehicle in the series.  And she's a beauty.
What children's author wrote the screenplay for one of the film adaptations of Ian Fleming's novels?  Roald Dahl wrote the screenplay for 'You Only Live Twice'.
What non-Bond film did said author screenwrite based on an Ian Fleming story?  Dahl also adapted Fleming's story 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' for film.  This film featured Gert Frobe, best known for his role as Auric Goldfinger, and Benny Hill, best known for his role as Benny Hill (pickle pinger op pate, indeed.)
Which film featured more actors playing Agent 007 than any other?  The non-canonical 1967 'Casino Royale' featured a plethora of actors and actresses billed as 'Agent 007'.
Of those actors, who is the only one to act in one of the 'official' Bond films?  In addition to her appearance in 'Casino Royale', Ursula Andress donned the now-famous white bikini in Dr. No.
Who was the best Bond girl ever?  Discuss.  So many choices here, some far better than others.  I've always been fond of Daniella Bianchi ('From Russia With Love'), Claudine Auger ('Thunderball')  Carole Bouquet ('For Your Eyes Only') and Barbara Bach ('The Spy Who Loved Me').  In the end, as much as I'm drawn to Bianchi's character for her beauty, I love the independence and strength of Bouquet.  In the real end, it's such a part of the genre it seems wrong to exclude any of them.

Except Halle Berry.  I mean, come on.

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